The first sales of medical marijuana took place in Connecticut this week–almost two years after it was legalized.
More than two dozen customers lined up at The Healing Corner in Bristol, which was one of the six licensed dispensaries in the state.
The law legalizing medical marijuana ended a more than 80-year ban and gave patients registered with the state protection against prosecution for using marijuana.
Most of the other dispensaries are expected to start sales later this week. The forms of medical marijuana that can be sold are limited, but dispensaries will soon start to carry oils, tinctures, capsules and baked goods like brownies, bars and cookies. Marijuana-infused beverages and candies are not allowed.
So far, the state has registered 2,326 patients who are eligible to buy medical marijuana. Dispensaries expect prices to range from $16 to $20 a gram, but the price is likely to go down as other manufacturers start shipping. Besides post-traumatic stress disorder and glaucoma, the 11 debilitating medical conditions that medical marijuana can be used for in Connecticut also include: cancer, HIV or AIDS, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, damage to the nervous tissue in the spinal cord or intractable spasticity, epilepsy, cachexia, wasting syndrome and Crohn’s disease.
Registered patients can be certified by their doctor to receive no more than 2.5 ounces a month, or 70 grams.